VIDEO: boaters make splash for anniversary

Boaters took to the canals to mark the 75th anniversary of HMS Belfast.

Representatives from London Narrow Boat Project at Braunston Marina said they were honoured to host a number of veterans on their boats.

HMS Belfast is the last is the last remaining vessel of her type - one of the largest and most powerful light cruisers ever built.

HMS Belfast spent her final years performing peace keeping duties until she retired from service in 1963.

Pictured boating through Hillmorton Locks are her veterans are Bob ‘Lofty’ Blackwell, Fred Cairns and Jim Loveday.

They are on board HMS Belfast every week to talk to visitors, children and schoolchildren.